Janet Carroll, "Risky Business" mom, dead at 71

NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: Actress Janet Carroll arrives to the after party for the opening of "Little Women - The Musical" at Tavern on the Green January 23, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Janet Carroll Bryan Bedder

Janet Carroll arrives to the after party for the opening of "Little Women - The Musical" on Jan. 23, 2005, in New York.

(CBS/AP) Janet Carroll, who played the mother of Tom Cruise's character in the 1983 film "Risky Business," has died. She was 71.

Carroll's son, George Brown, said the actress died Tuesday in New York after a long illness.

Born in Chicago, the classically-trained actress worked steadily since that breakthrough role with Cruise in 1983. Her film credits include "Family Business," with Sean Connery and Matthew Broderick, and "Memories of Me" with Billy Crystal.

Her television roles included stints on "Murphy Brown," "Melrose Place" and "Married with Children." She also made appearances on "Brothers and Sisters," "Law & Order: SVU," "Touched by an Angel," "Knight Rider," "Matlock" and "21 Jump Street."

Carroll served as artistic director of the jazz series at the Simi Valley Cultural Center in Southern California for many years and performed on tour with the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.

A memorial service will be held Saturday in New York.



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